Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships for MENA Countries

The Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships offer Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries the opportunity to pursue further education at the University of Oxford.

Eligible countries include: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Application deadline: January 2022





The scholarships for postgraduates will be known as the Oxford-Qatar-Thatcher Graduate Scholarship and the Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships. The Oxford-Qatar-Thatcher Graduate Scholarship has been created as a result of a £3 million donation by the Qatar Development Fund, which supports international education, health, and economic development causes. This will create at least four scholarships at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the first of which is expected to be awarded in 2022/23 to a postgraduate student.

This scholarship is part of the Oxford Graduate Scholarships, which were established through a ground-breaking new matched funding initiative to enable the creation of fully-funded scholarships for graduate students of the highest caliber from across the world. The University contributes 40% of the funds for these scholarships, together with 60% from generous donations provided by supporters of Somerville College.

The scholarship is only tenable at Somerville College. All eligible applicants will be considered for this scholarship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to Somerville College in order to take up the scholarship.

The aims of the Thatcher Scholarships are to foster academic excellence, to support individuals who have a determination to succeed, and to equip them to excel in their chosen field.

Benefits of the Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships

The Oxford-Thatcher Scholarship will cover 100% of university and college fees, as well as a grant for living costs. Master’s and PhD degrees are covered under this scheme.

Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Eligibility Criteria for Students from MENA Countries

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, applicants must be successful in being offered a place on their course after consideration of applications received by the relevant January deadline for the course.

In addition, scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Please note that applicants who hold deferred offers to start in 2021-22 are not eligible to be considered for these scholarships.

You must be applying to start a new full- or part-time course in one of the following departments: Faculty of English Language and Literature, Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Law.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline for your course.

For further information about the opportunity, please refer to the official Oxford-Thatcher Graduate Scholarships website.


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